As found on Twitter, AMTAInc. is selling a newly-released book, Music Therapy and Geriatric Populations.Oh, if only I had the energy and desire to read work-related books when I’m not working. Maybe in time I will have that energy reserve that I think I’ll need for that. Anyone buy the book?
A favorite realization: When I see a resident wearing a sweater that I know I own. And the sweater is brown. Coupled with some nice Velcro shoes, and I’m set.
Recently, I have moved, and my mom has begun allowing me to repossess a number of my old belongings that she no longer wishes to store at their house (politely insisting I take back my crap). Last night, Thomas and I went through one of the giant plastic bins The Mother had had. In it, [...]
Not only do I work at a care center, but I also work at its adjacent apartments, for those more independently-living seniors. Many of the residents of the apartments are married to residents of the care center, and I am so fortunate that I am able to spend time with both members of the couple [...]
I don’t happen to be one of those musicians who loves to play and/or sing at any moment of any day. There is a time and place for my music, and, apparently unfortunately, that place is at work. So when my boss called me the morning of my day off to ask that I provide the [...]
I am starting most of my work from scratch. I am new to music therapy, I am still relatively new to the cities (so I don’t know a large number of music therapists here), and I am really new to working with kids and people with developmental disabilities. And, I have never worked as a [...]
Today, I officially began practicing as an independent contractor. I had only one client tonight, and will have three on Thursday. I am excited for what could lie ahead. I will be using much more piano with these clients than guitar, which is absolutely out of my comfort zone. But everything about this private practice is [...]
I love my work. I’m bored with the songs I use, but I still love my work. One of the hardest, but most special, parts of today was when a resident pulled me aside and asked that I explain to her what is happening. She had just been hospitalized, and had before lived on a high-functioning [...]
I have been in the habit of posting to this blog on a very regular basis, either on workdays or every day of the week. This week I have taken a break, as you can attest, because I am splitting the blog into three. Eventually, I will relocate this blog, but not at this point.Here [...]
I had to give up my violin today. My bridge is warping, and it snaps out of place while I am playing. Frequently. And it freaks me out. So I am having them replace the bridge and re-mount my chin rest (two separate issues), and I won’t have my violin for at least a week [...]